Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Prelate backs ban on tobacco sale
Archbishop wants Nagpur initiative of no cigarettes near schools extended across IndiaArchbishop Abraham Viruthakulangara
- Saji Thomas, Nagpur
- January 19, 2011
â€śThe administrationâ€™s move is really laudable and I endorse it totally,â€ť Archbishop Abraham Viruthakulangara of Nagpur told ucanews.com on Jan. 15.
The archbishop wants the drive extended across the country to save students from drug and tobacco addiction.
Nagpur authorities launched the crackdown on Jan. 11.
So far Nagpurâ€™s drug and food department has begun proceedings against 25 shops and vendors for selling tobacco within 100 meters of schools and colleges.
Archbishop Viruthakulangara said the crackdown has â€śundoubtedlyâ€ť highlighted the danger of drugs and tobacco on campuses.
Educational institutions should remain places of learning but the easy availability of tobacco and drugs will lead youths astray, the prelate warned.
Many Catholic educators in the city agreed with the archbishop.
â€śOf late, tobacco venders outside our college have become a nuisance,â€ť said K. T. Thomas, lay principal of St. Francis De Sales College managed by Nagpur archdiocese.
Attendance at the college has improved since the crackdown began, he told ucanews.com.
Before, students skipped classes to go and smoke, he said.
Thomas did not rule out the possibility that vendors were selling illegal drugs as well as cigarettes and tobacco.
â€śWhen students obtain drugs easily, they tend to become addicts and lose interest in studies and life,â€ť he added.
Catholic fights tobacco use among students